Toward Consilience

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Oktober 2000



The present work is the second in a series constituting an extension of my doctoral thesis done at Stanford in the early 1970s. Like the earlier work, The Reciprocal Modular Brain in Economics and Politics, Shaping the Rational and Moral Basis ofOrganization, Exchange, and Choice (Plenum Publishing, 1999), it may also be considered to respond to the call for consilience by Edward O. Wilson. I agree with Wilson that there is a pressing need in the sciences today for the unification of the social with the natural sciences. I consider the present work to proceed from the perspective of behavioral ecology, specifically a subfield which I choose to call interpersonal behavioral ecology th Ecology, as a general field, has emerged in the last quarter of the 20 century as a major theme of concern as we have become increasingly aware that we must preserve the planet whose limited resources we share with all other earthly creatures. Interpersonal behavioral ecology, however, focuses not on the physical environment, but upon our social environment. It concerns our interpersonal behavioral interactions at all levels, from simple dyadic one-to-one personal interactions to our larger, even global, social, economic, and political interactions.


1. Introduction. Part One: Brain Algorithms of Behavior and Experience.
2. Algorithms of the Brain.
3. the Primary Algorithm of our Brain. What is it?
4. The Primary Algorithm and Behavior. Life, What does it do?
5. The Second Algorithm: Our Brain or Conflict.
6. The Algorithmic Rules of Reciprocal Behavior. Part Two: Algorithms in Psychodynamics, Cognition Philosophy and Mysticism.
7. How we think: Brain Algorithms in Psychodynamics.
8. How we Philosophize: The Primary Algorithm, Dialectic, and Logic in the West.
9. How we Philosophize: Dialectic, Being, and Harmony in the East.
10. Brain Algorithms in Mysticism, Cannibalism.
11. Brain Algorithms of Adaptation, Rationality, and Exploration. Part Three: Brain Algorithms in Ethics and Social Theory.
12. Buber's I and You: The Inner and Outer Dynamic of the Reciprocal Algorithm.
13. Totalization: The Dialectical Thought of Teilhard de Chardin.
14. Habermas: Dialectic, Ethics, and Social Theory. Part Four: Brain Algorithms in Philosophy and Language.
15. The Primary Algorithm in Contemporary Philosophy.
16. Brain Algorithms and Human Language.
17. The Limitations of Present Day Syntax Theory.
EAN: 9780306464362
ISBN: 0306464365
Untertitel: The Bioneurological Basis of Behavior, Thought, Experience, and Language. 2000. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2000
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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